Baltimore, MD – Maryland’s seven coal-fired power plants dump tens of millions of pounds of toxic metals into the state’s waterways each year, according to a report released today by a coalition of environmental and clean water groups. None are currently required to limit the amounts of arsenic, mercury, lead and selenium they discharge into Maryland’s rivers and streams.
“These are all waterways that end up in our Chesapeake Bay,” said Clean Water Action’s Andrew Fellows. “That means this toxic pollution is flowing towards the Bay, too. When it comes to almost every other source of pollution, no industry is allowed to treat our Bay and its tributaries as an open sewer.
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Providence – Last week, the Providence City Council unanimously passed a resolution in support of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to clarify which small streams and wetlands are protected under the Clean Water Act. Clean Water Action applauds the Council and thanks Councilman Seth Yurdin for introducing the resolution (read the resolution here).
“We need more leaders like Councilman Seth Yurdin and his fellow city council members. EPA’s proposed standards are strong, commonsense, and put drinking water first,” said Jamie Rhodes, Rhode Island director for Clean Water Action, “This resolution shows that, despite what we are hearing out of Congress, there are elected officials who are willing to stand with their constituents instead of the deep pocketed polluters.”